Oak Park Township’s Board of Trustees is sorry to announce that Gregory P. White, Township Clerk, died on Saturday, July 17, after a brief illness. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend. He served as Township Deputy Clerk for 10 years and Township Clerk for 24 years. In addition to being a certified Town Clerk, he was a registered notary public and a registrar.
According to Township Supervisor Clarmarie Keenan, “Greg was clearly an advocate for township services, recognizing and supporting the critical needs worthy of the township’s professional and attentive care. Serving with him and sharing a friendship for over 20 years with Greg was a privilege and an honor. The values, ideals, and goals he believed in and supported are and will always be his most honored legacy.”
In many ways, he was the clockwork of the township, keeping track of past, present, and future. As keeper of the official records and history for the township, he valued transparency and efficiency. As the township moved through each annual cycle, he kept up with the rhythm of levies, budgets, audits, and other processes. Always keeping the value of time in mind, he shared his perspective when it would help move discussions at the board table forward.
Greg took pride in his work as town clerk for Oak Park Township. He also thoroughly believed in the mission of the township and took his role in keeping the board and staff focused on that mission seriously. He served as the memory and source of institutional knowledge of the township. He was first appointed deputy clerk in 1987 and was first elected town clerk in 1997. Greg was the longest tenured employee at Oak Park Township and served for 34 years and 6 months. He began working with the Township on Jan. 14, 1987.
Above all, he was loyal, consistent, and committed. He believed in the work and the value of the township and our staff, and he rarely missed any opportunity to be of service to his community; whether it was keeping records organized and available to the public, making sure that elections ran smoothly, or just by his presence at the board table or at any township or community events.
Greg’s presence and dedication will be missed by all of us at the Township and in the community.
Services for Greg White will be held at St. Edmund Parish Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 on Friday, July 23, 10 a.m. visitation, followed by 11 a.m. service with private burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
If desired in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Michael W. Solberg Foundation, 3754 N. Plainfield, Chicago, IL 60634.